Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Category: Are you kidding me?

Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

From Foxnews

Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And three of the SEALs who captured him are now facing criminal charges, sources told

The three, all members of the Navy's elite commando unit, have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and have requested a trial by court-martial.

Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it.

Now, instead of being lauded for bringing to justice a high-value target, three of the SEAL commandos, all enlisted, face assault charges and have retained lawyers.

Matthew McCabe, a Special Operations Petty Officer Second Class (SO-2), is facing three charges: dereliction of performance of duty for willfully failing to safeguard a detainee, making a false official statement, and assault.

Petty Officer Jonathan Keefe, SO-2, is facing charges of dereliction of performance of duty and making a false official statement.

Petty Officer Julio Huertas, SO-1, faces those same charges and an additional charge of impediment of an investigation.

The three SEALs will be arraigned separately on Dec. 7. Another three SEALs — two officers and an enlisted sailor — have been identified by investigators as witnesses but have not been charged. obtained the official handwritten statement from one of the three witnesses given on Sept. 3, hours after Abed was captured and still being held at the SEAL base at Camp Baharia. He was later taken to a cell in the U.S.-operated Green Zone in Baghdad.

The SEAL told investigators he had showered after the mission, gone to the kitchen and then decided to look in on the detainee.

"I gave the detainee a glance over and then left," the SEAL wrote. "I did not notice anything wrong with the detainee and he appeared in good health."

Lt. Col. Holly Silkman, spokeswoman for the special operations component of U.S. Central Command, confirmed Tuesday to that three SEALs have been charged in connection with the capture of a detainee. She said their court martial is scheduled for January.

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A bloody lip?

One of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq was captured and all he got was a bloody lip?

These Navy SEALs should be celebrated as heroes and instead are being treated as war criminals.

New strategy for terrorists who are caught: Punch yourself in the lip and watch your captors get a worse punishment than you!

Unbelievable -


ExPatMatt said...

I wonder what the 'false official statements' were...


Nohm said...

I sincerely doubt that the marines will get "a worse punishment than [the terrorist]".

And two wrongs don't make a right.

Having said that, while I'm not incensed about this on the part of the marines, I don't exactly shed a tear for the alleged terrorist either.

ExPatMatt said...

Like Nohm said, basically.

If the guy is a terrorist - and let's be clear that innocent people have been 'detained' as terrorists quite a lot in the past 6 years - then I don't really care what happens to him.

Similarly, if he is a terrorist then I'd gladly shake the hand of anyone who punched him in the mouth.

However, if he is not guilty of the 'alleged' crime, then there could obviously be serious repercussions.

The fact that mistakes are made and innocent people are detained fairly frequently is exactly why people care about the treatment of prisoners.

There's probably more to this story than meets the eye.


Steve Martin said...

If WWII were administered by the same types of folks that we have calling the shots now...we would have lost it, and the whole world would be enslaved by Nazi and Imperial Japanesse.

ExPatMatt said...

And if the battle of Thermopylae was run by the guys who administrated WW2 then the Spartans would have lasted 5 seconds. So?

Times have changed, Steve.

ExPatMatt said...

Erm, Wayne?

I think you might want to delete sungwi's comment....


Wayne Dawg said...

Thanks Matt....

My internet connection at home this weekend has been terrible.

ExPatMatt said...

No problem Wayne, I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!